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The author uses the words in reality to indicate that
The author focuses only on the perception distortion caused by sex-marking; he or she does not claim there are no other causes for incorrect description of existing phenomena.
While it may be true that sex-marking could mean assigning "feminine" qualities to inanimate objects, there is no indication in the passage that softness is one of them. Also, the author does not claim that inanimate objects are necessarily labeled as "feminine".
The author states that the use of gendered language constitutes sex-marking only when it is irrelevant to the subject at hand. He or she does not challenge the difference between men and women or the fact language should reflect it.
According to Frye, sex-marking means obscuring the nature of a topic by the use of irrelevant gendered images; in other words, when sex-marking is present, language distorts the reality it attempts to describe.
This answer choice describes an opposite view to that of the author. The author claims that there are gender-neutral objects and that male-oriented language falsely labels them with a gender. This answer choice, however, claims everything already has a gender and that nothing is gender-neutral.